Senior Class Presents Portrait of Mason to University
Posted: May 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The graduating class of 2000 wanted its senior class gift to represent the history of the university, so the class has arranged to obtain a reproduction of the only existing portrait of George Mason. The portrait will hang in a prominent place in the Johnson Center. At present, no portrait of George Mason hangs in public here at the university named for him.
The original oil portrait was painted in 1811 by Dominic W. Boudet (American, ?-1845), who copied an earlier portrait painted in 1750 by John Hesselius (American, 1728-1778). The original painting has been missing for many decades, but an affidavit executed by George Mason’s son John declares that the copy truly resembles the original.
The portrait will be presented to the university at the commencement ceremony on Saturday. Senior class members donate the funds necessary for the traditional gift. Donations are accepted online or by Kira Benitz of the Annual Fund at x38688.